“At this point, it seems unrealistic not to presume that other agencies have not joined the party and gone into the business of using unconstitutional surveillance data to make their lives easier when it comes to doing their respective jobs, despite the fact that the United States has always placed constitutional protections above the comfort and success rates of various government agencies when it comes to busting bad guys. It is now up to us to insure that these critical protections continue to exist.”
The unit of the DEA that distributes the information is called the Special Operations Division, or SOD. Two dozen partner agencies comprise the unit, including the FBI, CIA, NSA, Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Homeland Security. It was created in 1994 to combat Latin American drug cartels and has grown from several dozen employees to several hundred.
Today, much of the SOD’s work is classified, and officials asked that its precise location in Virginia not be revealed. The documents reviewed by Reuters are marked “Law Enforcement Sensitive,” a government categorization that is meant to keep them confidential.
n-Call Digital Plumbers
One of the two main buildings at the former plant has since housed a sophisticated NSA unit, one that has benefited the most from this expansion and has grown the fastest in recent years — the Office of Tailored Access Operations, or TAO. This is the NSA’s top operative unit — something like a squad of plumbers that can be called in when normal access to a target is blocked.
According to internal NSA documents viewed by SPIEGEL, these on-call digital plumbers are involved in many sensitive operations conducted by American intelligence agencies. TAO’s area of operations ranges from counterterrorism to cyber attacks to traditional espionage. The documents reveal just how diversified the tools at TAO’s disposal have become — and also how it exploits the technical weaknesses of the IT industry, from Microsoft to Cisco and Huawei, to carry out its discreet and efficient attacks.
The unit is “akin to the wunderkind of the US intelligence community,” says Matthew Aid, a historian who specializes in the history of the NSA. “Getting the ungettable” is the NSA’s own description of its duties. “It is not about the quantity produced but the quality of intelligence that is important,” one former TAO chief wrote, describing her work in a document. The paper seen by SPIEGEL quotes the former unit head stating that TAO has contributed “some of the most significant intelligence our country has ever seen.” The unit, it goes on, has “access to our very hardest targets.”
The full Russian support for this agreement appeared odd since Moscow was also involved in the negotiations in the person of Vladimir Lukin, a former Russian ambassador to Washington, who left the talks hours early, and Russia was the only party present that refused to sign the settlement. Lukin abandoned the talks, describing the street protesters as “nationalists”, “revolutionaries” and “terrorists”.
Most Ukrainians just want to be free and want to be able to build a better future for themselves and their families, but it is extremely unlikely that they will be able to escape the specter of foreign domination.
Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/02/happening-ukraine-far-important-people-realize/#PS4Z2BzCRsMkHzRG.99
On Wednesday, February 18, a dark colored 4-door pickup truck was witnessed ejecting a young dog from its driver’s side passenger window. The incident occurred around 9 PM near the Post Office in Mastic Beach; after the dog hit the ground it turned around and ran toward the vehicle from which it was thrown.
Sunstein also proposed sending covert agents into “chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups” which spread what he views as false and damaging “conspiracy theories” about the government. Ironically, the very same Sunstein was recently named by Obama to serve as a member of the NSA review panel created by the White House, one that – while disputing key NSA claims – proceeded to propose many cosmetic reforms to the agency’s powers (most of which were ignored by the President who appointed them).
If passed into law, Arizona could become the second state to recognize gold and silver as legal tender authorized for payments of debts and taxes.
SB1096 passed by a vote of 18-12
The United States depends on critical infrastructure every day to provide energy, water, transportation, financial services, and other capabilities that support our needs and way of life. Over the years, improvements in technology have allowed these capabilities to evolve and run more efficiently.
Sure, that’s what they want….